Monterey Car Week
If you’re a car enthusiast or have a love for cars, Monterey car week is an event you should definitely put on your bucket list. I’ve been going to car week now for four years and every year I stumble upon a new event. Car week last six days and the pinnacle of the week is Pebble Beach on Sunday. People from all over the world travel to Pebble Beach for one of the most prestigious car shows in the world. To have your car shown in Pebble Beach and win one of its honors is one of the greatest accomplishments a car aficionado can receive.
Planning for Monterey car week starts the day you leave to go back to your normal life. Rooms are booked out nearly a year in advance and if you wait until the last minute, you can end up spending five hundred dollars a night on a Motel 6. Airbnb is another option, but the locals are hip to car week, so they hike up prices to twice that of normal rental because of the demand.
If you have an exotic, classic or old school automobile, you want to have it detailed and ready to go for car week. People bring out the best of the best this week driving cars you otherwise would see sitting in a museum or showroom. The historical races at Laguna Seca takes it even a step further with car enthusiast racing their priceless possessions on the race track honoring their heritage.
The drive to Monterey from Los Angeles is always one of my most anticipated drives of the year. The 101 North through Santa Barbra, then cutting across to Highway 1 is the ultimate scenic drive. Ocean views, beautiful sites and the array of cars making the same trek is breathtaking. You feel like you are in a scene from a movie and the cars are the stars. Lamborghini has their running of their bulls, Goldrush has their Fuel Run and dealerships throughout Southern California have their own runs making for great times.
Arriving in downtown Carmel, a quaint town filled with local stores and restaurants, people line the streets with camera’s looking for that perfect shot. Locals at times seem bothered by the influx of car madness, but businesses embrace the anticipated business.
Some of the events to see during Monterey car week are: Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the avenue, Classic Motorsports Kick-Off Car Show and Cruise, Carmel Mission Classic, The little Car Show, Prancing Ponies Car Show, McCall’s Motorworks Revival, Pebble Beach tour D’Elegance, Legends of the Autobahn, Werks Reunion – A Porsche Gathering, Quail Motorsports Gathering, Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally, Concorso Italiano, Concours D’Lemons, Exotics on Cannery Row, Barnyard Ferrari Event, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
If you’re looking to buy and exotic of classic car or just want to watch a bunch of other rich people spend money on cars, there are some cool auctions you can attend for a fee: Mecum Auction, Russo and Steele, Worldwide Auctioneers, Bonham’s Auction, RM Auctions’ Sports & Classics of Monterey, and Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company.
Monterey Car Week has something for everyone and if you want to take a break from the cars, you can always check out the Monterey Bay aquarium or take a drive up to San Francisco. But who really cares about those things, you’re in Monterey for Car Week.